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100
When was the last time you had to wait until the final sentence of a film to understand all the details? When was the last time you went to a genre movie - or what looked like one in spooky trailers - and realized the director had fulfilled that promise and meditated on his favorite topic? Shutter Island does just that.
90
Martin Scorsese has created a divinely dark and devious brain tease of a movie in the best noir tradition with its smarter than you'd think cops, their tougher than you'd imagine cases to crack and enough nods to the classic genre for an all-night parlor game.
90
Not since "Raging Bull" has Mr. Scorsese so brazenly married brutality to beauty. Not since "Kundun" has one of his films felt so aspirational.
88
DiCaprio, in his most haunting and emotionally complex performance yet, is the vessel Scorsese uses to lead us through the film's laby­rinth.
88
The film's primary effect is on the senses. Everything is brought together into a disturbing foreshadow of dreadful secrets.
75
Shutter Island holds you, but it doesn't grip you. It's as if Scorsese had put his filmmaking fever on psychotropic drugs.
75
Miami Herald
The tone and mood of Shutter Island are different on the screen from on the page -- the shadows darker than you imagined, the violence more ghastly, the blood redder.
70
It's a pleasure to experience Scorsese as a circus master. One just hopes he doesn't continue in this vein.
63
Despite its flaws, Shutter Island is worth seeing for the palpably nightmarish and gothic world conceived by Scorsese
63
There are many many fine performers here, including the terrific Patricia Clarkson as the elusive Rachel. But Shutter Island is not so much a character study as it is an atmospheric thriller.
40
For all the trickiness and bluster, Shutter Island is dead inside.
25
Scorsese stuffs the film with heavy-handed art direction and piles on a ludicrously ominous soundtrack. The soundtrack is a constant reminder of the movie's importance and only highlights its unimportance.

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